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PWIAS Impact

Learn more about how the interdisciplinary environment at PWIAS enriches UBC and impacts society through ground-breaking research, influential public policy, artistic collaborations and award-winning publications.

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Chromatic - The Book

Read excerpts and other stories related to “Chromatic”, a new collaborative art book produced by the 2020 Wall Scholars.

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Scholar Q & A

A series of thought-provoking and inspiring short interviews with our Wall Scholars and PWIAS community members.

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It’s not just in your head

Award-winning novelist, musician and former Canadian poetry slam champ Brendan McLeod shares his experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder in “Brain.” Toronto writer gets real about mental health By Jackie Wong In recent years, an expanding national public conversation about mental illness has done much to de-stigmatize a health condition that…

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Anonymous Explained: Q&A with Gabriella Coleman

The Peter Wall Institute is presenting Dr. Gabriella Coleman in free a Wall Exchange lecture at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on October 20th. By John Hughes Who is behind the online actions of ‘Anonymous’? How do they organize? And why do they do what they do?…

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War Stories brought to life

Watch the video of War Stories. By Frederick Blichert “War is complex and messy. Tonight we are embracing that complexity and messiness,” said Peter Klein, moderator of War Stories, an evening of thoughtful and moving explorations of war and its aftermath hosted by The Peter Wall Institute…

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Philippe Tortell: Scholar and flamenco guitar player

By John Hughes A classical Spanish guitar occupies a corner in Dr. Philippe Tortell’s office. It sits on a rack just below an image of a tall ship etched into a piece of driftwood. Music and nautical themes hold a central place for the oceanographer and new…

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Dirty kids make healthy kids

By David Morrison “After all, perhaps dirt isn’t really so unhealthy as one is brought up to believe.” – Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia It seems as if every week there’s an article in the news about a study claiming that something routinely considered healthy or harmless is now the…

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Giving fracked water a new life

By Alexander Villegas Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ produces natural gas. It also produces controversy, but Dr. Karl Linden isn’t concerned with either. He’s focused on recycling the water that fracking currently eliminates from the hydrologic cycle. A single well can use up to seven million gallons of…

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